Нужно ли атаковать Иран?

Президент Джордж В. Буш сказал, что разработка ядерного оружия Ираном недопустима, а недавние сообщения в газетах предполагают, что его администрация рассматривает превентивные военные варианты. В Иране президент Махмуд Ахмадинежад бросил вызов дипломатическим усилиям Европейского Союза и других стран, используя ядерную проблему для укрепления внутренней поддержки. Неужели уже слишком поздно предотвратить применение силы для разрешения этой проблемы?

Иран утверждает, что его ядерная программа нацелена исключительно на применение ядерной энергии в мирных целях, и что он имеет право заниматься обогащением урана и разработкой других технологий как государство, подписавшее Договор о Нераспространении Ядерного Оружия (NPT). Но он провел 18 лет, обманывая инспекторов из наблюдательной комиссии Международного Агентства по Атомной Энергии, заставив некоторые страны утверждать, что Иран потерял доверие и лишился своих прав на обогащение урана на своей собственной земле.

Россия предложила обеспечить ядерное обогащение и услуги по переработке для гражданского реактора, который она строит в Иране. Если бы Иран интересовало исключительно использование ядерной энергии в мирных целях, то российское предложение или какой-то другой план (например, размещение запасов низко обогащенного урана в Иране) могли бы удовлетворить его потребности. Настойчивость Ирана на обогащении внутри страны в значительной степени приписывается его желанию произвести высоко обогащенный уран для производства бомбы.

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